FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Mary Kay Clunies-Ross
WSHA VP, Membership and Communications
Cassie Sauer to take position in January 2017, becoming fourth CEO in organization’s nearly 85-year history
SEATTLE—The Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) announced today that Cassie Sauer, the association’s current executive vice president,will in January become the organization’s new chief executive officer.
Sauer replaces outgoing CEO Scott Bond, who will retire at the end of the year after more than three decades in the health care field. Sauer will serve as the organization’s fourth CEO since the organization formed in 1933. She has worked for the hospital association for 16 years, leading policy, advocacy, and communications. She has particularly focused on expanding access to health care through the children’s health and Medicaid expansions, creating policy to support innovative methods of care delivery, and improving care for people living with mental illnesses.
“Cassie has a strong vision for WSHA’s future; she also has the skills and experience to guide members and staff into that future,” said WSHA board chair Gregg Davidson, of Skagit Regional Health. “For the last 20 years, she has worked to improve Washington residents’ ability to get good health care, whether they are in rural or urban areas. She keeps the patient at the moral center of the work. We are lucky to have her.”
The Washington State Hospital Association works to improve the health of all Washington state residents by being active on key issues of policy and quality. WSHA represents 107 hospitals and health systems in the state, including those that are non-profit, investor-owned, and county, state and military hospitals. For more about our membership, see our membership brochure on https://www.wsha.org/about/.
The Triple Aim guides our members and our work, as we strive to improve the patient experience, improve the health of populations and reduce the cost of health care. To see more about our strategic plan, visit https://www.wsha.org/about/strategic-plan/.